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Jacob de la Rose hospitalized with heart issue

Detroit Red Wings forward Jacob de la Rose left Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and is currently hospitalized after experiencing a cardiac episode.

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Between the second and third periods, de la Rose was diagnosed with an elevated heart beat and was sent to the hospital for, as head coach Jeff Blashill put it, “precautionary reasons”.

“We hope everything is fine,” Blashill said. “He’ll spend the night here, go home and see a specialist and make sure everything is good. We want to be extra cautious with it.”

Assistant athletic trainer Russ Baumann plans to stay with de la Rose while the rest of the team flies to St. Louis for a game against the Blues on Thursday. The plan is for de la Rose to stay overnight in the hospital in New York before returning to Detroit to see a specialist.

This isn’t the first time that de la Rose has experienced a cardiac episode; last fall while a member of the Montreal Canadiens, he experienced one during an exhibition game.

“I think he probably felt it and went to the training staff,” Blashill said. “The training staff checked him and it was accelerated and they couldn’t get it to slow down. At that point, you get him to the hospital to make sure. Again, I think it is all precautionary right now, but he will go back and see a specialist.”

de la Rose recorded his sixth assist of the season during Detroit’s 3-2 win over the Rangers.

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